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Mortgage Apps Slide Nearly 10 Percent From Last Week

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Feb 11, 2015

Mortgage applications decreased nine percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Feb. 6, 2015. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased nine percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased seven percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 10 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased seven percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased one percent compared with the previous week and was one percent higher than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 69 percent of total applications from 71 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 5.7 percent of total applications.

The FHA share of total applications increased to 14.1 percent this week from 13.1 percent last week. The VA share of total applications decreased to 8.3 percent this week from 8.5 percent last week. The USDA share of total applications increased to 0.7 percent from 0.6 percent last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.84 percent, the highest level since Jan. 9, 2015, from 3.79 percent, with points increasing to 0.31 from  0.29 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) increased to 3.90 percent from 3.82 percent, with points decreasing to 0.19 from 0.22 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 3.72 percent from 3.69 percent, with points increasing to 0.13 from 0.07 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.15 percent from 3.14 percent, with points decreasing to 0.29 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week.

The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.07 percent from 3.03 percent, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

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